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Our 100 to Watch are Coming OUT!



Our 100 to Watch are

Coming OUT! 

In recognition of National Coming OUT Day 2015 on Sunday, October 11, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is proud to launch, the central hub for the 2015-16 Inaugural Cohort of 100 Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming and/or same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) Emerging Leaders to Watch (#100toWatch). These inspirational leaders, ages 18-30 at the time of their selection, represent the next generation of freedom fighters–already on the frontlines in their communities–working to build a brighter future for all people. They have a mission to bring voice, take action and build networks within the Black LGBTQ/SGL populace by owning their power!


"These young, Black, LGBTQ/SGL self-identified leaders are doing the vital work necessary to bring visibility and awareness to the unique challenges of living at the intersection of racial justice and LGBT equality," said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, NBJC Executive Director and CEO. "I am filled with hope and excitement for our community's future. They aren't waiting for the torch to be passed to start speaking truth to power; they're making waves right now to build a better community, nation and world. I am honored to celebrate the grace, achievements and excellence within each of them. Our future is ripe with great possibilities knowing that leaders like the #100toWatch cohort are taking us onward and upward!"

The #100toWatch cohort is a component of NBJC's Emerging Leaders Initiative, designed to provide a national platform for young, rising stars, ages 18-30, in the Black LGBTQ/SGL movement for justice. As such, they will be exposed to important opportunities to educate key policymakers and influencers on Black LGBTQ/SGL priority issues. Most importantly, these leaders are speaking out and providing voice to the lived experiences of the Black LGBTQ/SGL community.


As we celebrate National Coming OUT Day 2015, a few of our #100toWatch inaugural cohort have shared their thought leadership on pressing issues facing our community, particularly Black LGBTQ/SGL youth.


Voices of the #100toWatch Cohort

Dr. Van Bailey

What is the value of using an intersectional lens as a leader working to make progress in your community and the nation?


As a leader, it is critical to understand the nuances of intersectionality in our work. My fear, is that this theoretical lens is being washed down in our daily… READ MORE

Monique Dorsainvil

What is the role of Black LGBTQ emerging leaders in the fight for racial justice and LGBTQ equality?


Serving in President Obama's administration has given me the opportunity to highlight key issues in the Black LGBT community.  Working alongside community leaders, the Office of Public Engagement launched an annual… READ MORE

Gabriel Maldonado

What is the most pressing political and social justice issue faced by Black LGBT youth?


One of the most pressing political and social justice issues facing Black LGBTQ youth is the lack of economic stability and empowerment. We cannot even begin to address systemic and chronic issues of injustice without addressing the injustices in our own homes…. READ MORE

Dr. Leo Moore

What is the state of health and wellness for Black LGBT individuals? What is the path forward for our community's collective health and wellness?


Heart disease. Cancer. Strokes. Diabetes. Kidney Disease. Homicide. HIV/AIDS. These are the most important health issues facing Black Americans today, and they don't discriminate based on one's sexual orientation or gender identity.READ MORE

Toni-Michelle Williams

How has NBJC impacted you personally and professionally?


The 2nd Annual OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit in 2011 was my first LGBT conference and first experience with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). I remember it so vividly… READ MORE





The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.